During our Team Week we decided to take the CliftonStrengths assessment together. This episode was recorded prior to us all meeting for the week. Josh and Erick discuss their past experiences with taking this test, their current strength results, and why this test is valuable for a team.
I’m Josh and I’m Erick. Today’s idea is building your startup and team culture. We have an all team extravaganza planned for next week. On top of fun events like the Nerdlympics. I also wanted to bring in some training elements to the week. My thought was to have everyone take the Clifton Strengths Finder test. Josh have you taken this test before and if yes what are your thoughts on it?
J: I took it about 15 years ago when I worked for a prior job. At the time I thought it was too woo woo and touchy feely. I was really wrong with it, it really helped me understand how to talk to different team members based upon their themes.
E: I have done it a few times in my career before. Mine have shifted or changed a little bit since the first time it took it in my early 20s, but they have kind of stayed the same. I’m having all the nerds take it before they get here. What did you end up getting this time around? What are your thoughts on your results?
As a modest North Dakotan when I saw significance, i immediately felt like I shouldn’t feel that important or like that was ok to have that “ego”. After reading the description:
People who are especially talented in the Significance theme want to be very important in the eyes of others. They are independent and want to be recognized.
I think it is true and at the core of it I want to be influential, and to be put in charge of important projects. I mean why would you start a company?
E: The reason I wanted to do this was basically because our at the time inter Maddy took it for college. We work very well together as a team, and I was curious if we would have matched in any area. I ended up taking the test again, and we didn’t match in anything. I wanted to one help people understand there are things they are amazing at, and should try to gravitate towards in their jobs, and show that if we are looking to grow, we should find kind of the holes in what we’re doing and hire people who are better in those areas.
J: I think so, to your point even if you are polar opposites you can still be a good fit with the team. It is more important to know how everyone thrives than to look for a particular magical theme mix. Just be intentional and this helps. Erick What did you get.
E: Well I got Positivity, Woo, Maximizer, Communication, and Strategic. Basically that means I have infectious good energy, can win people over, help them reach their highest potential, present well, and have thought behind my actions. This is the first time we have ever done an all remote team meeting. According to the principles of this test, next week I should freakin’ crush it.
J: I’m really looking forward to next week!
E: Well we chatted a little bit about the team building week for the past couple of episodes. We’ll have a follow up talking about how it went.
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